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EEOC Complaint Against DHL for Firing 24 Muslim Workers Over Prayers
Later today, the Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati)
will hold a news conference to announce the filing of an Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) civil rights complaint on
behalf of 24 former workers at the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Ky., who were fired for exercising their legally protected religious rights.
says the DHL workers were dismissed from their jobs for asserting their
right to reasonable accommodation for their religious practices,
including daily prayer.
has informed the company of its obligation under the law to reasonably
accommodate these workers' religious practices," said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub.
"Instead of abiding by the law and doing the right thing, DHL has
decided to stand behind their violation of these workers' civil rights."
On October 9,
DHL Global Mail fired a group of 24 workers, some of whom had been
working at DHL for up to 6 years, for refusing to accept a new workplace
rule that violated their rights under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
this case, the DHL workers had been using their break time to perform
the evening (Maghrib) prayer. The company reportedly decided to
eliminate flexible break times, thereby preventing the men and women
from practicing their faith. When the workers asserted their legal
rights, they were all fired.
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from
discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring,
firing and other terms and conditions of employment. The act also
requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of
an employee, unless doing so would create an "undue hardship" for the
has helped resolve a number of similar cases involving prayer in the
workplace and offers a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic
Religious Practices," to help corporate managers gain a better
understanding of Islam and Muslims.
SEE: An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices